The same can be said every time a talented youngster is on Juventus’ roster. Do you keep them around to train with the best squad in Italy while not getting consistent playing time along the way? Or, do you loan them out somewhere with the idea of them getting a lot more playing time than they would in Turin?
In the case of Moise Kean, Juventus obviously chose to keep him around despite the fact he plays in a position that is as deep as any spot on the team’s roster.
And, according to one of Italy’s biggest sports dailies, he won’t be heading anywhere else during the January transfer window despite extremely limited minutes in the first half of the season.
The Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Juventus have decided to keep the soon-to-be 19-year-old Kean on the first team roster for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign despite the fact that he has only played a handful of minutes off the bench this season. And not only have the Juve front office decided that it would be the best option for Kean to stay in Turin during the current transfer window, but there is also this: Fabio Paratici will reportedly be meeting with Kean’s agent, Mino Raiola, to discuss a contract extension for the young striker.
So, basically, if any of this is true — and who really knows what could develop over the next couple weeks in terms of Kean staying or going — it’s another sign of just how much they rate the current gem of Juve’s youth system.
In recent weeks, Kean — as well as fullback Leonardo Spinazzola — has been linked with a January loan move to a couple of Serie A clubs where he would almost certainly get more playing time than he is now. The main club Kean has been linked to has been Bologna, which is currently sitting in the relegation zone in 18th place. Outside a few rumors here and there, nothing serious or noteworthy has really come of it all, which could be an indication that Kean isn’t really going anywhere during the January transfer window.
And if Kean is staying around in bianconero for the second half of the season, let’s just hope that his collective playing time adds up to more than about 20 minutes. That would be nice.